Aleppo, September 25: The Syrian civilians are left helpless and trapped in the city of Aleppo after war planes made attacks in rebel-held areas. The civilians have made desperate pleas for help as the deteriorating security conditions left two million people without access to safe drinking water. The situation took birth after ferocious bombardment" by Syrian and Russian jets on Saturday levelled neighbourhoods and killed at least 91 civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
On Monday, the The Syrian military announced that it was initiating a new offensive to recapture opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, ending a week-long US-Russia brokered ceasefire following a US-led coalition air strike on a Syrian army post. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights informed that since then, , at least 180 people have been killed in rebel-held areas of Aleppo province, including the besieged eastern part of the city. It also pointed out that the battle is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem has said that government forces are making great strides against "terrorism". "Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker-buster bombs,” stated Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson of secretary-general Ban Ki Moon.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is due to meet on Sunday morning in New York. The meeting was requested by the US, the UK and France. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called this a “dark day” for the global commitment to protect civilians, and stressed that the use of 'bunker buster' bombs and other indiscriminate weapons in densely populated areas may amount to war crimes.